Full text of "Grizzly"
New party drug
is a cause
Trustee Jim McFadden:
Just Looking for
"I'll be damned if
I'm not going to
~ k my mind. "
Felecia Foo explains Malaysian culture to Tyler
Michael, Cort Cindley and Brad Schuessler at
the International Expo. The Expo, which took
place in Andover on April 17, featured 50 of
Butler's international students' countries.
Photo by Mike Shepherd
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Volume 3, Number 3
BY KRISTY EGBERT
Rohypnol has emerged
as the newest and
most popular party
drug. In most cases
victims have no
recollection of what
The future looks
'briglvt for Lady
BY RANDY SMITH
with only one
has a spectactular
season, making it
to the Region VI
losing in the
Looking fox* answers
BY MIKE SHEPHERD
Trustee J.W. McFadden is
trying to figure out just
who is paying for out-
He's got his answer
soars to new heights
BY AMY TRAIN
Melvin Lister, at age 20,
has already competed
for the United States
in the Junior Olympics
and compiled three
Championships as a
member of Butler's
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Men's basketball 32
1997 Grixzly Staff: Justin Hayworth is the Editor. Stephanie Ross is the Managing Editor. Laura Agee, Kristy
Egbert, Ella Siemers, Randy Smith and Amy Train are wrers; Tina Vinson, John Morris and Mike Shepherd are photographers and
writers. Dave Kratzer is the advisor. Butler County Community College is located at 901 S. Haverhill Road, in El Dorado, Kansas.
67042 (316) 322-3893 (316) 322-3280. Room 104. Letters to the editor are encouraged.
On the cover, Kesha Walker flies to the hoop for a easy lay-up against the Hutchinson Blue Dragons. Photo by Mike Shepherd.
The Grizzly 3
Long-time faculty member Everett Kohls
returns to Butler after a five-year absence
By Amy Train
Anew face to some and a legend to others has found its
way back home. Everett Kohls, who came to Butler in
1966 as an assistant football coach and history/psy-
chology teacher, felt as if he never left after his first day back on
"Spiritually, I never left," Kohls says. "It's good to be back."
Beginning his career at Butler, Kohls has influenced many
lives and the college as a whole. Kohls master-minded and insti-
gated a prominent program at Butler. In 1974, his Lady Grizzly
Basketball team took its first steps. Kohls coached a line-up of 13
women who pulled together for a 13-7 first season, including a
win against current Wichita State University women's coach
But, in 1976, Kohls felt he needed to resign in order to focus on
his new position as Director of Admissions and Student Records.
Then Kohls became Dean of Students in 1990, where he remained
until retiring in 1992.
After leaving Butler, Kohls headed to Bethany College where
he took the reigns as Missions Counselor. He was in charge of
recruiting in the new position which gave him a chance to
explore the central region of the United States. Kohls visited high
schools from Kansas to
Kohls lived in an
apartment in Salina and
travelled home on the
weekends while in
Lindsborg. After almost
three years at Bethany
College, Kohls had his
adventure and decided it was time to come home.
"I had the chance to home each night and I believed coming
back would do the most good," Kohls says. "I became attached to
what I watched grow and decided to come back. And Butler is
one place that really means it when it says 'Students First'."
Kohls says that the best part of being back at Butler is that it is
an enjoyment. Kohls can be found in Admissions as Butler's
Technical Recruiter. He is always eager to share a good story of
his past. His challenge to anyone is to name any city in Kansas
and he will know at least one person in the town, no matter what
the size of the town. HeJnasn^^^atymped yet.
Builer County Community College
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The tale of the Dragon
By Laura Agee
Butler's Special Needs office is helping
students one word at a time. Thanks to a
grant, Special Needs purchased a voice-acti-
vated computer program known as Dragon
Dictate that is used to help Special Needs stu-
dents at Butler who can't type because of
physical limiations, such a Cerebral Palsy.
"We wanted to purchase the very best
program we could with the money we
received," says Staci Daniel, a para-profession
al in Special Needs. The Dragon Dictate pro-
gram is owned and was developed by
Microsoft. This unique program was devel-
oped in in 1984, but wasn't out on the market
until 1995, which is when Butler purchased
the product. It took 11 years to perfect the
computer program which initially cost about
$1,500 but is now around $950.
Dragon dictate has only been used a few
times in the last three years, Daniels says, and
for a pretty good reason. Dragon Dictate is a
voice-activated computer program that listens
for the user's voice. That doesn't seem like
much of a problem, until you factor in other
voices the program may have to contend with.
For example, last semester, the good folks in
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the Special Needs office tried to train a student
with a speech impediment, which made the train-
ing process last longer.
"It would have taken more than a month,"
Daniels says. "After the noise reaches a certain
loudness, the program will just shut off because it
can't distinguish between the user's voice and out-
side noises." The solution? A soundproof room,
which was installed in March.
Training on the system isn't easy. "It took me
three to four days of training to learn how to use
Dragon can also learn mistakes as well if the user
saves files without correcting mistakes.
If the user has a cold, the user's voice will
sound different to Dragon Dictate. The program
may not recognize the user and think another per-
son is using it. Fortunately, during training runs,
the program stores a file of the user's distorted
voice. The next time the user has a cold, the
Dragon will immediately recognize the voice.
Staci Daniels' biggest advanatage, once
Dragon Dictate is running smoothly, will be that
who are physically
unable to type
papers to simply
speak into a
types what they
are saying. This
help lighten the
load of work put
on student work-
ers who have in
the past had to
type papers for
it," Daniels recalls. "There is a voice menu bar and
when you want to print, you say 'voice menu'.
Then you say 'print' and it will print."
And a computer program that takes verbal
commands has another advantage: it learns from
it's own mistakes. "As long as the user corrects his
mistakes before he saves the file, Dragon Dictate
will learn from the corrected mistakes and learn
not to make the same ones again. It is continually
learning," Daniels explains. Unfortunately, the
she can devote time to other Special Needs chores
because she won't have to type as many assign-
ments for her Butler students, who will be able to
"type" for themselves using Dragon Dictate. The
students will become more independent, as will
Daniels, who may finally be able to run out to
McDonalds for lunch. Who knows? With Dragon
Dictate, anything may be possible.
Laura Agee rolled through last issue's story about
the Rollnrena and tames the Dragon this time around.
The Grizzly V
almost insantly, therefore
any unattended drink can
be a target. Roofies have
become common, even
here in Kansas.
Story by Kristy Egbert Photo illustrations by Justin Hayworth
Attention all females.
Imagine yourself at a party, or sitting around, hanging out with some people. You're relaxing and
sipping on a beer, water, or pop. When moments later, or what you think are moments later, you wake
up in an unfamiliar place, not remembering anything and realizing instead of mere moments later it has
been several hours. Unfortunately you have just been introduced to Rohypnol, and are now a statistic
with its many other victims.
Rohypnol is a foreign-manufactured sleep aid and presurgery sedative that is 10 times stronger
than Valium. Also known as a "Roofie," it is the so-called date rape drug that is a widely prescribed
sedative in Europe, but is not licensed for sale in the United States. Produced in Mexico and other coun-
tries by Hoffman-La Roche, it is also marketed in Central and South America and Asia. It was banned in
the U.S., but legal until a year ago to bring back from Mexico for personal use.
Much of the Rohypnol that is abused in the U.S. is obtained by prescription in Mexico and trans-
ported across the border, just like steroids. Rohypnol has many other names as well, such as rophies,
ruffies, R2, roofenol, Roche, roachies, la rocha, rope and rib. In the last five years there have been reports
of Rohypnol abuse among schoolchildren as young as eight years old, as well as high schoolers, but it is
most commonly used on college campuses.
Rohypnol tablets look a lot like aspirins, they're white and are single or cross-scored on one side
with "Roche" and a "1" or "2" encircled on the other side. The pills are sold in bubble packs of 1 or 2 mg
doses. Generic and illegal versions are also manufactured, although the brand name product seems to be
the most popular. Overdosing on Rohypnol is not likely, experts say. However, habitual use will lead to
physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms include headaches, muscle pains, hallucinations and some-
Rohypnol is most frequently used with alcohol. The drug is ingested orally. Many offenders slip
the drug into an unsuspecting girl's drink, where the drug begins to take effect in as little as 20 minutes
and may persist up to eight hours or more, depending on the dosage. Once it is dissolved into the drink
there is no evidence left of it because it leaves behind no trace of odor or taste. The drug costs less than
$5 per tablet, which makes it easily available to offenders.
What happens when victims want to press charges against the person who slipped them a
Roofie? Well, good luck, it's especially difficult to prosecute. Roofies causes victims to black out, and once
they wake up they can't remember anything that has happened to them. It's kind of hard to go to court
with no memory of what happened. The guy who put the Roofie in the drink will almost surely get off
on the charge because there is usually no evidence of what happened. The court hears only the victim's
testimony of a faint, if available, memory.
One female Butler student learned the hard way. "I was at a party and I guess this guy I was dat-
ing slipped one into my drink when I wasn't looking. I couldn't remember a thing that happened, except
that I had this incredible headache. I really didn't know what to do about it, so I didn't do anything
about it. That guy never called me again, I was glad... and mad."
A tip: Remember to always keep a watchful eye on your beverages, and it would probably be a
good idea to get your own drinks when you're out partying instead of letting someone else get them for
you. The use of this drug has become common place, even here in Kansas, so just be alert and don't think
it can't happen to you.
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ost college students finish
up their day of classes by heading off to
their full- or part-time jobs. Usually the main
jobs students have deal with retail, or food
and waitressing, either in a restaurant or fast
food establishment. But on occasion some
students are lucky enough to have an inter-
esting and unique job that they don't dread
going to. Butler freshman Brock Hayes is
one of those lucky few.
Hayes is the assistant athletic trainer and
massage therapist for the Wichita Thunder
hockey team. He has been working with
Wichita Thunder for two years now. His job
basically consists of stretching and massag-
ing the players before the games, sometimes
during the games, and of course, after. He
usually spends five to 10 minutes on each
guy. "The team usually comes in to have
their legs and backs worked on. I also work
on the other doctor, staff, family and
friends," Hayes says.
During the game Hayes sits in the stands,
unless he's needed in the box, then he will
go down to the box to stretch the guys out
and work on hamstrings.
"Brock does an excellent job. He usually
had guys waiting in line. His job is quite
important because the body is made up of
muscles," says Wichita Thunder team physi-
cian Dr. James Hay. "The players get stiff
and aching muscles, so what Brock does for
the team is really important. He is extremely
professional and it is quite a joy to work
Brock also does ultrasound, electric stim,
wrapping and taping.
"I think the best thing is that I get to work
with the doctors, trainers and coaches and they talk to me
as an equal. They don't talk down to me. They respect me
and don't think of me as a dumb punk kid with tattoos
and earrings," Hayes insists.
As long as it doesn't interfere with school, Hayes travels
on the road trips. He also has his picture taken with the
team at the team photoshoots. Hayes hasn't had his pic-
ture taken as much as he has in the last year in his whole
Wichita Thunder's Head Coach Brian Wells says Brock
is just like one of the players. "He comes along to every-
thing, does his job and works hard. He is
extremely helpful. When the guys play a lot of
games in a short time their muscles get really
stiff and Brock gets them feeling back to nor-
Hayes knows pain.
"When I was 16 I was roofing and fell off a
three-story roof, landing on some concrete
To the right, Hayes helps one of the
Thunder players remove a splinter from
his hand during pre-game warm ups.
Below, Hayes attends to his regular duties
before games, which include stretching
players and giving them massages.
steps. I ended up breaking my back and both legs. I was in
physical therapy for about two years, and I had massage
therapy four times a week. That's what got me interested
in physical therapy, because my physical therapy was one
of the most helpful things I went through and it helped
with pain management," Hayes says.
When Hayes was younger he worked as a dishwasher
and a busboy at a restaurant. He also did crowd control
for about eight years at concerts and bars. He went on the
road with Silverchair as a bodyguard, and he's also
worked at the Coliseum, the Cotillion, the Cowboy and
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Before working with the Thunder hockey team Hayes
wanted to be a massage therapist for the Olympics, but
once he was exposed to hockey he became hooked and
would like to work with a National hockey team in the
future. His plans for the immediate future are not set yet.
Right now he's looking at four different universities. He's
going to be checking out the University of Michigan, the
University of Nebraska, the University of Colorado and
the University of Denver. Brock's dream is to work in the
NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, but he would take any
NHL team, he says he wouldn't be picky. He plans on
staying at Butler until he gets offered something else.
Wichita Thunder Trainer George Bullock, Jr., says Brock
is thorough and knowledgable about what he does. "He is
a good massage therapist, and he's getting the athletic
training side of it. Sometimes I come to him and ask him
Brock Hayes has to use the time in between his classes to
study for an Anatomy and Physiology test, as seen here in the
Student Union. Late night hockey games tend to cut into his
study time, but he really doesn't mind, because he knows that
working with the Thunder will help his chances of landing his
about what he thinks when I'm working on the guys. It's
good to have someone with a fresh perspective. Brock is a
great asset to the team, he's open and always there to help
on the road."
Brock Hayes obviously likes his work. "It's one of the
funnest jobs that I've had and I like traveling with them.
Before I started working with the Thunder I had never
been to a hockey game, now I'm hooked," Hayes says.
For Kristy Egbert's last magazine story, she got a tattoo. This
time she only spent two minutes in the penalty box for high
The Grizzly 13
work to educate
By Ella Siemers
Even here at Butler County,
there are those who worry
about the fate of the rain-
forests in Central and South America.
"Of all the ecosystems, the two dis-
appearing at the most rapid rate are
the rain forests and the wetlands,"
Tonya Kerschner, instructor of biologi-
cal sciences, says. "Not only are they
disappearing the fastest, but they're
also the most productive. It's a home
for the species that are there. By saving
the rainforests, we save drugs and
medicines, spices, dyes, flavorings and
seasonings, such as chocolate and
gum. There are chemicals and plants
with many uses that haven't even been
Experts say the rainforest has about
four-fifths of the world's vegetation,
and is home to about 30 million
species. It is estimated that people are
cutting 57 acres of tropical moist forest
globally every minute of every day.
This equals approximately 19 million
trees daily. Since the year 1600 and the
present day, the planet has lost 83
species of mammals, 113 species of
birds, and 384 kinds of vascular plants.
Although many higher-profile con-
servation groups work to save various
ecosystems and species, the biology
department at Butler has been doing
its part as well. Dr. Bill Langley and
Tonya Kerschner began donating
funds to rainforest conservation in
1989. The first 1.5 acres of land saved
was in the Monteverde Conservation
League in Costa Rica.
Langley 's and Kerschner 's interest
really kicked off when they saw a
video on the rainforests. The video
dents started," Kerschner says.
"Recycling has to become a habit.
Society has to learn to conserve and
For the first year and a half, the
department worked with the World
Wildlife Federation. The department
was notified of the Federation
through a magazine advertisement.
y cling has to become a
habit. Society has to learn
to conserve and recycle. _
-Tonya Kerschner i
was about a man who was trying to
raise funds for a park to re-establish
deforested land. Butler donated the
last 10 percent of the funds for the
Guanacaste Park, also in Costa Rica.
"We wanted the students to have to
do something to raise the money,"
Kerschner says. "We didn't want them
just to donate it. With collecting alu-
minum cans, it cuts down on the nat-
ural resources used. There is less ener-
gy used and less cost. It encourages
recycling and it keeps the cans out of
the landfills. Plus, it heightens student
awareness environmentally in a glob-
al perspective. It's something we all
Students earn two bonus points per
pound of cans donated, up to 50
points. Since the BCCC Adopt- An-
Acre program was initiated in 1989,
biology students have collected 45,704
pounds of cans that have resulted in
the purchase of rainforest acreage in
Costa Rica, Brazil, Paraguay,
Guatemala, Belize, and Bolivia.
"The bonus points are to get stu-
The department decided to switch to
the Nature Conservancy program in
1990-1991 after the Guanacaste Park
works only in conserva-
tion of land. The
Conservancy buys the
land and Butler helps to
reimburse it for the pur-
chase. The Adopt- An-
Acre program is specifi-
cally for rainforest conser-
vation. The Conservancy
has backing both mone-
tarily and politically.
"They have the ability
to buy large quanities of
land," Kerschner says.
"They have a good track
record that's documented,
not only with rainforests,
but with all kinds of land.
All of the money, if it's
designated, goes to the
rainforest, either for pur-
chasing it or for mainte-
nance. If it isn't designated, then the
money goes to help run the organiza-
tion. They are really dedicated to
keeping land for land and natural
About two years ago, the BCCC
biology department started selling T-
shirts from the Earth Foundation, a
organization that originates through
the Nature Conservancy. The selling
of T-shirts is strictly volunteer. The T-
shirts cost about $13 a shirt. Three
dollars of the price goes towards the
rain forests. The price for rainforest
land is about $30 an acre.
The biology department tries to
send in a donation of at least $1,000 a
year. It takes about two semesters and
a summer to raise the funds. From
1989 to 1997, the biology department
has raised a total $10,969; $9,511 from
cans and $1,458 from T-shirts. The
money has bought a total of 335.1
acres of land.
In different buildings throughout the Butler campus
there are can receptacles that Adopt-an-Acre uses.
The Grizzly X-3
By Mike Shepherd
one are the days when
Butler Board of
came and went with-
out major incident; things have
changed. For the past several
months, they have been somewhat of
a spectacle as tension and tempers
have flared over the future of the col-
lege. The issue of financing out-of-
county students, along with conflict-
ing personalities and agendas, have
been at the forefront.
And in the middle of it all: Trustee
J.W. McFadden of Augusta.
Chairman Gayle Krause
"The inequity doesn 't lie
with the students. (It)
comes from Topeka with
the amount of state aid
we get. "
Trustee Steve Pershall
"I don 't want to argue
about which numbers are
right. We 're never going
to get to the right
Trustee Jim McFadden
"It would seem reason-
able to ask out-of-county
students to pay more for
their education. "
McFadden, 55, who doesn't mind
being called Jim or Bill, took over
| Position Five of the seven-member
board in July of last year to, as he puts
it, find some answers. He says the
people in his Augusta-centered dis-
trict, himself included, want to know
why the taxation on them that sup-
ports Butler County Community
College is so high when the total num-
ber of Butler County residents make
up only one-quarter of the total enroll-
ment. That mill-levy-regulated tax this
year is 21.26 mills on the appraised
value of property, meaning that for
every thousand dollars a house is
appraised at, that homeowner pays
$21.26 in taxes, revenue that comes
directly to the college. For example, a
$100,000 house has $234 in taxes for
the college on it. For the year ending
June 30, 1997, $6.3 million, or 23 per-
cent of the college's total budget, was
paid to the college by county resi-
dents. There is also a smaller motor
vehicle tax that, when added to this
year's estimation of tax support,
brings county support of the college to
about 30 percent of its total revenue,
according to data released from the
college president's office.
McFadden simply thinks that is too
"The problem I have is the name of
that institution is Butler County
Community College and over $6 mil-
lion is taken from the taxpayers of
Butler County to support it and only
25 percent of the entire student body
comes from Butler County.
"I want everyone to come to Butler
County who wants to," McFadden
says. "But if you come from out-of-
county or out-of-state, then pay the
cost of your education."
That's where the real debate begins.
In the board's January work session,
the board and the administration
agreed that the cost to the college of
one credit hour taken by a student is
$176, and that the student only pays
$106 after state aid and out-district
tuition is collected — a $70 shortfall.
However, 70 percent of that $176 are
fixed costs and the other 30 percent
are variable, so not every hour costs
the college $176. Nevertheless, in the
fall of 1997, there were 58, 182 credit
hours taken at all Butler sites, and
when multiplied by that hourly short-
fall, equals an amount around $4 mil-
"It's unfair to ask Butler County
residents to pay for it," McFadden
The college argues that county resi-
dents aren't. All of the college's
sources of revenue are pooled into one
large account and then broken down
into various funds, says Chief
Financial Officer Kent Williams, so it
is impossible to say that any one
expense is paid by one source of
President Jackie Vietti also says that
as long as marginal revenues exceed
marginal costs, then out-of-county stu-
dents are beneficial to the college
finances. In other words, because of
the fixed-variable cost model, not
every student costs the college $176,
says Trustee Steve Pershall.
"I don't want to argue about which
numbers are right. Not every new stu-
dent costs us $176, however, one may
cost us a new teaching position,"
Pershall says. He went on to say that
four or five students may enroll in a
class and the college wouldn't need to
offer another class in that subject,
whereas adding that sixth or seventh
student may cause the need for anoth-
Still, McFadden contends that all
out-of-county students need to start
paying their "fair share," until that
$70 shortfall is made up, regardless of
marginal costs and revenues.
"Just because we have a communi-
ty college in our county doesn't mean
we should educate students from all
over the state at our cost. If you're
coming from (out-of-county), then
your county or you should reimburse
Butler County for the cost of your
education," McFadden says. "Don't
ask the taxpayers in my county to pay
Currently, three things happen
when out-of-county students attend
classes at Butler. The student pays his
or her amount in tuition and fees, the
state kicks in its legislated amount of
state aid, currently at $30.50 for each
academic hour and $45.75 for each
vocational hour, and county out-dis-
trict money is paid by a student's
home county, currently at $24 for each
"The state really should step in and
not penalize Butler County for having
a community college, but they aren't
willing to do it," McFadden says.
It is McFadden's steadfast position
and approach on this issue that has
earned him an unfavorable reputation
around campus with teachers. At
board meetings, the president's eyes
search the corners of the room as
though she is looking for the right
word to say ... or not say. A dean
chuckles in disbelief as he touches his
hands to his forehead. The chief finan-
cial officer, wearing his tie that looks
like a big dollar bill, walks to his chair
with frustration on his face, and whis-
pers of concern roll through the audi-
ence. Leaning forward in his chair,
McFadden perches himself on his
forearms. With a stare that demands
an answer, he scans the eyes of his fel-
low board members.
Teachers complain about him
behind closed doors. Coaches now
Trustee McFadden tries to illustrate his
point that Butler County residents are
picking up the tab for out-of-county stu-
dents at a Trustees' meeting earlier in the
worry about deficits. Members of the
administration are cautious when
they speak, knowing what they may
say or ask will be scrutinized. But
that's fine with him.
"I didn't run for that office to be
popular, and when I leave I probably
won't be popular with some people,
either. That's fine, whatever,"
McFadden says without concern.
By the latest turn of events,
McFadden isn't popular at all. On
Thursday, March 5, McFadden bought
ad space in the El Dorado Times and
two other prominent county newspa-
pers, in which he wrote a letter to the
taxpayers of the county. That letter
stated that Butler County residents
pay $230 per credit hour for their stu-
dents and that out-of-county resi-
dents, in the form of out-district
tuition, only pay $22.50 per credit
hour for their students.
"I kept hearing from the people I
associate with in this district that a lot
of money was going to Butler County
Community College and they could-
n't understand why the taxation was
so high for a community college that
was supposed to serve Butler County.
The more I looked at it, the more I
realized I wanted some answers,"
"There's no doubt in my mind,
after being here six months, that the
average person in this county has no
idea what's been going on. It wasn't
my intention to make anybody look
bad — just to inform the voters of
how their money is being spent."
"I think it's reasonable to ask how
much Butler County residents are
paying for the college," Kent Williams
says. "I wouldn't dispute his num-
bers, but with any analysis, you have
to determine what numbers you're
Using calculations and models
such as these are part of the problem.
Information provided by either side
will be misleading to a point. Pershall
says that because of the nature of the
business, an exact answer cannot be
found. If the college asked 100 differ-
ent accountants to study the budget,
there would be 100 different reports,
"We're never going to get to the
right answer," Pershall says.
Even if Pershall is right, it is
McFadden's relentless pursuit of
those answers that has caused the
most heartburn with teachers, admin-
istrators, and other board members.
Some have gone so far as to call him
"rude," "unreasonable" and "a jerk."
"The problem is the school will
present us a report and the questions
asked will come right out and imply
that the figures can't be right. And
there's no basis for it in most cases,"
Chairman Gayle Krause says.
McFadden, shocked to hear what is
being said about
him, insists that he
isn't rude and says
"there's no excuse
to be rude." As for
being crazy, he says
with a chuckle and
a grin, he's never
evaulated. "I think
the chairman just
about always sees
things the way the
does and we
should have a dif-
The figures the
referring to was a
study released in
Williams. For the 1996-97 school year,
the college purchased $1.8 million in
goods from county businesses and
had a net payroll of $5.6 million to
county residents. Together, the direct
contribution to the county economy of
$7.4 million exceeded the property tax
revenue by $1.1 million.
"I believe that these figures show
that the college is a good investment
for the county," Williams says. "We
bring in a lot of commerce that
wouldn't be here if the college wasn't
McFadden disagrees, saying that
the best economic benefit to Butler
County would be to let the taxpayers
keep their money and spend it the
way they want to.
the board to
with me, but I'll
be damned if I'm
not going to
speak my mjnd^
"Don't try to sell me on economic
development by taking more than $6
million from the taxpayers and not
using it the way most people in
District 2 want you to use it, and
that's to educate Butler County stu-
"If you take our money, you're
going to spend it more wisely than we
do?" McFadden asks. "The numbers
the administration are trying to use to
support their argument, for all the
benefit Butler County receives from
our tax money, is a skewed report. It
won't stand up, I don't think, to the
light of day."
But what the people in District 2
want is unclear. According to Mike
McDermott of the
Gazette, no one has
written a letter of
response to him
letter, however, he
did say that the
people he talks to,
both personally and
that McFadden is
"way off base."
Support in El
Dorado is much the
and I feel as bad as
anyone when we
look at those tax
when I look around
your campus and realize what my tax
dollars are doing, I'm so proud and so
thankful," Lorraine Maus of El
Dorado says. "I think I'm certainly
getting my money's worth."
"I've seen what this school has
done and I am very proud. As one
taxpayer of this county, I want us to
keep going and don't want to pay any
less money if that means programs
are cut," Paul Hull of El Dorado says.
His speech, which was followed with
strong applause from the audience
during the public comments portion
of the March board meeting, he says,
was motivated by the letter
McFadden wrote and published in the
newspapers. "I'm so perturbed about
what has been put forward that I was
compelled to come tonight. I would
certainly hate to see this community
get caught up in tax dollars to do any-
thing that might hurt the institution."
Wh.it all of this boils down to is a
difference of philosophy between a
conservative businessman and more
liberal educators. McFadden says he
wants to see the expenses of the col-
lege paid for by whoever is using it,
with any tax money being used effe-
ciently, and the administration and
other board members say they want
to offer the highest level of education
at the lowest cost to the student.
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"We differ some on the board about
which is most important, that we pro-
tect the student from high tuition or
protect the taxpayer from a high mill
levy. But that's part of our charge to
try to be as frugal as possible and still
maintain that quality that Butler
County is known for," Krause says.
"That's my aim; to maintain that qual-
"I think I'd be safe in saying that
everybody on the board would like to
see the mill levy lowered. But ... how
far can we go with that and what else
might suffer? I'd like to see the mill
levy lowered, but I'd really like to see
tuition lowered. I think students pay
more than their fair share to go to
That may be, but Trustee J.W.
McFadden of Augusta isn't backing
"I'm not bashful and I'm not going
to be. Anybody who wants to call me
up and ask me a question, I'll gladly
answer it. I don't have a hidden agen-
da. I don't know of anybody in that
institution that I don't like,"
lersnal abut It
Ifs stilcttj business."
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El Dorado freshman
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Shelly Bartelson grabs a rebound over a
Allen County opponent in the Power Plant.
The Lady Grizzlies won the game 68-57.
Kesha Walker goes up for a shot over Coffeyville's Dana Kelley in the Grizzlies
quarterfinal game in the Region VI tournament at Levitt Arena in Wichita. The
Ladies lost the game 76-50.
The future looks bright for Lady Grizzlies
A promising season ends
abruptly and prematurely in
the Region VI tournament
By Randy Smith
The Butler County Lady Grizzlies had a successful
1997-98 campaign. Despite suffering injuries early in the
season, the Grizzlies fought back, pulling out vigorous
wins and playing exciting basketball. The women made
an early exit from the Region VI tournament, losing to
eventual champion Coffeyville, but not before making
some noise in the Jayhawk West.
Injuries, inexperience, and tough competition got the
Lady Grizzlies off to a rocky 7-5 start. In the third game of
the season, St. Francis sophomore Carrie Duquette was
lost for the season with a knee injury. Wichita freshman
Kesha Walker missed the first five games with a stress
fracture. With Duquette out, Butler County only had one
sophomore, Maria Camacho. The Grizzlies were playing
with a freshman squad. In one stretch against non-confer-
ence foes, Butler County lost three games in a row
(Coffeyville, Cowley County, and KCK).
Once the conference season began, the Grizzlies had
regained health, and most importantly, found confidence.
They tore through the opening portion of their schedule by
winning the first five games against Jayhawk West oppo-
nents. Kansas City, Missouri freshman Toni Herriford and
Camacho led the Butler County attack.
On the road and fighting off a tough Cloud County
squad, Herriford put up what had to be the toughest effort
of the year. In the last minute of the contest in Concordia,
Herriford took two hard fouls, which prompted an outrage
from the Grizzly bench. Both times, she picked herself off
the floor, went to the foul-line, and nailed both free-
throws. Butler County escaped with a 55-49 victory.
Camacho was a factor inside throughout the whole sea-
son, dominating opponents inside and at the foul line.
The Santa Fe Springs sophomore was the leading scorer in
30 of 32 games. Just to give an example of her dominance,
there were only two games during the season in which
Camacho never reached double-digits in the point catego-
Two road losses to Seward County and Hutchinson set
the Grizzlies back. Down in Liberal, playing close for one
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Butler's April Davis, left, and Kesha Walker,
right, dive for a loose ball in a mid-season
game at Hutchinson.
In the above photo: Davis, and Walker hit the
floor chasing the loose ball.
To the right:: Davis, and Walker reach for the
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half was not good enough to take out the Lady Saints.
Coach Toby McCammon's team was exposed to a hard
press against Hutch, which led to numerous turnovers.
But the ladies fought back and put together another
winning streak to start the second half stretch. Three key
road wins against Pratt, Barton County, and Dodge City
boosted the morale of the team. Against Cloud County
and Dodge, freshman April Davis sparked the Grizzlies by
playing tenacious defense and averaging 16.5 points.
After five straight victories, Seward County ended the
fun once again. This time at the Power Plant, the Saints
came marching in and ended the streak, beating Butler
County by five. That was the closest a Jayhawk West team
came to beating the Saints as they did not lose a confer-
ence game all year. Hutchinson had Butler's number
again in the regular season finale, in a game that was also
played in El Dorado. Led by a 21 -point effort by Wichita
freshman Kristy Tabor, the Grizzlies fell short to the
Once the post-season started, Butler County found
themselves playing an unfamiliar opponent in Labette.
With a third place 12-4 finish, the Grizzlies hosted an
opening playoff game against the Cardinals. The Grizzlies
held off a late second-half Labette attack, and moved on to
the second round in Wichita.
At Henry Levitt Arena, the Grizzlies fell hard to a tough
Coffeyville team. Butler County tried to keep pace with
the Red Ravens, but inside play killed the Ladies, and the
game finally concluded in a 76-50 defeat.
The Grizzlies will be strong next year as Duquette will
return after her knee injury. The word is McCammon is
signing two post players to give Butler County a double
attack along with Duquette. With Herriford, Davis, and
Tabor returning, the offense will be strong and a vocal
Walker will provide the leadership on the court. As
always, the defense will be the main asset to this team, as
McCammon's clubs are always found in the nation's top
ten in defense. Butler County should be early favorites on
top of the Jayhawk West next season, and look for big
things to happen.
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Top photo: Toni Herriford
pulls down a rebound
over a Hutch
opponent.in the Lady
Grizzlies road game in
Hutch. Herriford was a
major key in the
Grizzlies' success this
Left photo: Head coach
argues with a referee
during the Lady
Grizzlies' game against
Coffeyville in the
Region VI tournament.
Lights, Camera, Action
The plot thickens
in Eck's second
season as coach
By Randy Smith
In the year of the Titanic, I feel that
reviewing the 1997-98 Butler County
mens basketball seasons as a movie is
best. This was the only way I felt that it
could be described.
In this movie, we find Steve Eck
(Titan of the South) coming off his first
season as the Grizzlies' head coach.
Butler County has just finished its 1996-
97 season, in which they lost the Region
VI championship to Hutchinson.
Through multiple injuries, tough
defeats, and high expectations, Coach
Eck's squad still focused on one goal:
the NJCAA Basketball Tournament.
What creates the twist is that Eck
begins his sophomore campaign after a
29-5 season, a top 10 nationals ranking
throughout the regular season, and los-
ing All- America Lee Nailon (To Butler,
With Love) to Division I. Eck returns two
sophomores, Wichita's Tyrone Brown
(Frequent Flyer) and Augusta native
Lucas Sims (The Net).
Join the 97-98 Grizzlies as they are
good Nice Guys Hunting that Wag the
regular season, but leaving the post-
season Confidential. The unexpected
happens just when you think it is as
good as it gets.
Head coach Steve Eck yells instructions to his players from the bench during a game
against Hutcinson at the power plant, which they lost . In his second year as head
coach Eck led the Grizzlies to an 24-10 overall record and into the championship
game of the Region VI tournament for a second straight year.
As the start of the basketball season approaches, Butler
County has high expectations. Predicted fourth in the
NJCAA preseason poll, the Grizzlies are expected to run
away with the Jayhawk West crown. Never mind the fact
32 The Grizzly
that they have a team full of first-year players. The team
has three redshirts who are familiar with the program:
Antonio Call Me Tony Jackson, of Huntsville, Ala.; Tolanda
Charles, The Defensive Specialist, of Wichita; and Jamar
Gaither of Greenbelt, Md.
The 97-98 season starts in fine fashion. Mineral Area,
ranked 10th in the preseason poll, becomes Butler's first
victim. Two wins against Brown Mackie and Labette fol-
low. Suddenly, the Grizzlies are erupting out of the gate
with a 5-0 record and enjoying life on the hard court. But
nothing could prepare them for what was about to hap-
"If you buzz it, you will lose..."
Non-conference foes Coffeyville and Cowley County
appear on the schdule. Both games were scheduled to be
played in Arkansas City, Cowley's home court. The
Coffeyville game reveals a weak Butler defensive team.
Something is not right here. You notice Gaither, a 6-9 start-
ing center, in street clothes. Did we mention that he red-
shirted the year before because of an injury? Tony Jackson
makes you forget about Gaither with a 31-point perfor-
mance against Coffeyville, but the Grizzlies suffer their
first loss of the season.
The next night, Cowley has its way with Butler County
as the Tigers appear to dunk the ball from every direction.
Just when you think the purple and gold squad is in strik-
ing distance, the margin becomes larger. A crucial play on
this night came when Butler had the chance to take the
lead. Cowley has the ball with the shot clock winding
down. ..3. ..2. ..a shot goes up., but is not even close to
Jason Fullen tries to keep the ball away from Neosho County's
Jeremy Holmes during the Grizzlies second round Region VI
playoff game at Levitt Arena.
touching the rim. ..1... the Tigers grab the loose
HEY! Wait a minute! If I'm not mistaken, if a team with
possession of the basketball does not hit the rim within 35
seconds, a shot clock violation should be called and the
defensive team receives the ball... right? Eck argues the call,
screaming at the referees, while the shot-clock operator has
a devilish grin on his face. The call stands, the Grizzlies
lose momentum, and eventually all is lost.
Suddenly the final buzzer sounds and Cowley County
is celebrating like it won the NBA Championship. Orange
and black fills the floor, while the Grizzlies try to escape.
Eck has lost back-to-back games for the first time in his
coaching career (junior high, high school, and junior col-
lege). The guys are in need of a vacation. These guys need
Neil Chadderdon goes to the basket for an easy layup in the
Grizzlies first round Region VI playoff game against Allen
County at the Power Plant.
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a break. They really need a break.
National Lampoon's Vacation on special
location in Glendale, Ariz....
The next day, the Griswalds, uh, the Grizzlies, loaded
up the vans from the Butler of El Dorado campus. Getting
out of Butler County sounded good. Fleeing the state of
Kansas sounded better. Nothing like not being home for
the holidays, as the Grizzlies had a hot date already
planned. Thanksgiving was going to be spent in warm
weather.. .in Arizona. Eck wanted to make sure the players
got over the bus lag before play started in Glendale's
Valley of the Sun tournaments scheduled for Wednesday,
therefore the reason to leave Sunday.
Arriving in Phoenix on a Monday morning, stopping
only for food and gas, the team needed to get loose. They
held a Tuesday afternoon practice and everything
appeared to be going smoothly until Kevin Robinson, a
Greenbelt, Md., freshman, went down with a knee injury
in practice. With Gaither still out, the Grizzlies would be
hurting size-wise inside for the tournament.
While they took vacation pictures of a 96-77 opening
win over Phoenix College, an image of Tyrone Brown
bleeding from his nose somehow mistakenly
got mixed up in the roll of film. You would
not think that a broken nose would end up
affecting his play for the rest of the season.
Turkey Day did not get much better as
Butler County lost a 64-62 heartbreaker to
Tolanda Charles leans around Allen County's
Rudy Morrow while trying to drive the lane.
Morrow was whistled for a foul on the play.
Kevin Robinson shoots over Hutchinson's Ivan Gatto (right), while being
fouled from behind by John Krafels in the Grizzlies' last regular season home
game at the Power Plant.
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Mesa Community College, an Arizona team that would
later qualify for the national tournament in March.
The Grizzlies would finish Friday defeating host
Glendale 95-76, and Coach Eck noted after that game that
he felt more comfortable about this team than he did with
last year's team. Before the Christmas break arrived, Butler
won two games at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville.
The Grizzlies then wrapped up the first half of the season
by getting revenge against Cowley County at the Power
All I want for Christmas is a healthy team.
Christmas came and went and Tyrone Brown felt miser-
able. His nose hurt and rightly so. Surgery came late for
Brown with reasons unknown. Although the Wichita fresh-
man was back in the lineup for Butler County, he could
not see straight. Immediately after the injury in Arizona,
Glendale trainers gave Brown a protective mask to wear
for the remainder of the tournament, which blurred his
vision. He went without the mask, went back into battle
and scored 26 points in the Mesa loss. Back home, another
mask that did not help much either, was presented to
Brown. His game was affected, but the plastic cover was
more of a shield to protect the nose.
Meanwhile, Jamar Gaither was still out, and his return
to the court this season was questionable. Kevin Robinson
came back immediately after his injury, and led the
Grizzlies past the Wichita Jets with 23 points in an over-
time victory to ring in the New Year.
Conference wins over Pratt and
Garden City gave Butler County a
wining streak of seven. The Grizzlies
were looking like the Grizzlies of old,
but all good things must end...
Home is where
the Cougars roam.
In the Nineties, the Power Plant
has been nothing but friendly con-
fines to the Grizzlies. Coming into
this season, Butler County only lost
six games on its home court. Steve
Eck had never lost in the Power Plant
as the Grizzly head coach. In a year
of firsts for Eck, that would soon
On January 14, nationally-ranked
Tyrone Brown drives around Barton County's Gordon Scott for
an easy layup in the Region VI Tournament.
Lucas Sims applies defensive pressure on a Seward County ball handler. Sims was one
of only two returners from the 1996-97 season.
Kevin Robinson rocks the rim with a slam in the final minutes of the Grizzlies'
semifinal game in the Region VI tournament against Barton County. The Grizzlies
beat Barton to avenge a regular season loss.
Barton County rolled into El Dorado intent on putting a
stop to a 27-game consecutive winning game streak. With
long bombs outside the perimeter and strong inside play,
the Cougars were able to do exactly as they intended. In
what was an overtime thriller, they unplugged Butler
County from their Power Plant chain.
It was a sign of the future. The Grizzlies put together
two wins against Cloud County and
Dodge City, but the run quickly ended.
Butler County took a long, four-hour trek
to Liberal looking for a much needed win
in the Jayhawk West. Unfortunately, the
team found themselves stuck in the mid-
dle of a gymnasium full of rabid Seward
County fans, with another loss.
Colby quickly came and went, as the
Grizzlies crushed the Trojans 83-47. The
36-point victory was just what the team
needed heading into their battle with
rival Hutchinson. Butler embarrassed the
Blue Dragons on their home court last
year and started to do the same with a
10-0 run. Hutch quickly responded,
opening a 13-0 of their own in the second
half and never looked back. With the first
half of the season over, the Grizzlies
stood at 16-6 overall and with an ugly 5-3
start in the Jayhawk West.
"ICEBERG! DEAD AHEAD!"
Butler opened the second half of the
season with three of four victories. The
j one loss came to Barton County on
February 9, which came as a surprise to
no one. Nevertheless, their next loss did,
as a pair of "strings" were not in tune.
In a shoot-around /mini-practice
before the Dodge City game, 6-6 fresh-
man William Gates injured his ham-
string. Gates, a starter in 30 of the 34
games, played sparingly in the first half.
Brown also went down with the same
affliction. In what had to be the most dis-
appointing loss of the season, the
Grizzlies could not hit a basket in the
- last three minutes, thus blowing the lead
and game to Dodge City. "This is the worst I've ever felt in
all my years of coaching," Eck said later, calling the loss
the most frustrating of his career. With nationally-ranked
Seward County coming in to tangle with the Grizzlies in
one week, it was only right that Eck and his club get the
hell out of Dodge.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly...
With a week off, the Grizzlies had to get some kind of
momentum going heading into the post-season. This win-
ning one, losing one, winning two, and dropping another
one, was just not going to cut it. If Butler County could
somehow reel off the last three games of the season,
maybe it could turn the flickering light into a burning
The schedule looked bright for the Grizzlies: a pair of
Saturday night home dates against Seward County and
Hutchinson, with a road game at Colby sandwiched in.
There was only one problem—Butler was 0-2 versus
Seward and Hutch, and an easy victory against Colby sud-
denly looked huge as the Trojans were only a mere five-
hour road trip away.
Saturday's date with Seward had arrived, and with it,
Eck ditched the sweater and showed up in a suit and tie. It
was the first time Eck wore a suit for a game. Suddenly,
the game had new meaning. This contest was not going to
decide if Butler was in the running for a Jayhawk West
title. The Grizzlies already ruined that with five conference
No, this game was about identity. It was bad enough
that Eck & Co. were embarrassed out in Dodge. They did
not want a repeat on their home court... and that repeat
didn't happen! The Grizzlies cruised to a 71-60 victory and
held the Saints' Kevin Houston to only eight points. It was
the wake-up call that the Grizzlies needed.
The Grizzlies trounced Colby 81-70, then anxiously
awaited long-time rival Hutchinson.
Butler was not going to go down without a fight. The
Grizzlies led throughout most of the contest, but the team
paid the price. Kevin Robinson injured his thumb. Tyrone
Brown sat out with his injured hamstring, and Hutch eked
out a 66-60 victory in the Power Plant, Butler's second loss
at home this season and leaving the team with a collective
bad taste in their mouth as post-season arrived unceremo-
With a first-round home playoff game against Allen
County approaching, Steve Eck knew that a spark was in
order for his team after getting swept by a bitter rival. The
flame that was once there was barely visible. He called on
Tony Jackson, the point guard who led the team in scoring.
It was time the team rode on the freshman's shoulders for
the Region VI tournament.
Neil Chadderon goes up strong for a basket against Allen
County. Chadderon was one of the key players to come off the
bench for the Grizzlies this year.
The Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year put on a
post-season performance like no other hero could. In a 95-
58 thrashing of Allen County in the opener, Jackson paced
the team with 17 points. In Wichita, Jackson led the way
into the second round, this time against Neosho County,
the Jayhawk East champs and Region VI's number one
seed. Butler County edged the Panthers 69-65, setting up a
semifinal matchup with Barton County. Uh oh.
The Cougars, who swept the Grizzlies in the regular
season, were favorites to win the tourney and move on to
Hutch. The Jayhawk West was flexing its muscles as it had
all four spots in both semifinal games. How fitting it
would be for Butler to defeat teams that had the edge on
them this season. To beat Barton and Hutchinson back-to-
back would be sensational. No, it would be incredible!
Well, that's not the way things worked out.
The Grizzlies managed to surprise the Cougars, as they
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up for a shot
over a Seward
ers in the
game of the
put up another second-half comeback. Both teams shot
poorly in the first half, and Barton County was up by
eight midway through the contest, but Barton never
could find an answer for Jackson, who was throwing up
prayers from way outside.
At times he was open out in no-man's land; other
times there was a hand in his face. Either way, the out-
come was the same. The ball went through the hoop. It
was as simple as that. Jackson was taking action. With a
71-67 thriller over the Cougars, the Grizzlies were incredi-
bly only one win away from the national tournament. The
only team that stood in their way was Seward County.
When the Saints Go Marching In.
The championship game was a beauty, although the
script could have been a little different. Two teams that
fought hard and never gave up proved that once you are
down, you are not out. Seward jumped out to a 15-point
lead early in the first half. The Grizzlies battled back to a
six-point deficit at halftime. Early in Round Two, Butler
County took its first lead on a three-pointer from Jackson.
Tyrone Brown reacts after the Grizzlies lose to the Seward County Saints in the final of the Region VI Tournament.
Tyrone Brown came up with key baskets and
a lay up by Kevin Robinson put Butler in
control 60-48 with 6:56 remaining. For the
moment, it looked like the Grizzlies were
going to extend their season and roll into
Then Seward County called a time out,
gained momentum and the Grizzlies col-
lapsed. The Saints' press forced turnovers
and Seward hit gold. A 17-0 run that spanned
more than five minutes gave the Saints the
lead. Butler made it close, but fell short 70-65.
What a valiant effort by these "nice guys,"
after a regular season to forget, to dish out a
post-season to remember. Tony Jackson and
Kevin Robinson were named to the all-tour-
nament team. If their final appearance in
Grizzlies uniforms, Tyrone Brown and Lucas
Simms combined for 25 points. Both had
near flawless performances in the contest.
Could the third time be a charm?
In all his years of coaching, Steve Eck has
always preached defense. Defense wins
championships, as often happened when he
coached at South. Butler County will be more
of an explosive team on offense, with their
two returning leaders in points, Jackson (15.6
ppg) and Robinson (10.3), back next year.
Losing Brown and Sims will hurt the
leadership of this team next year. With
junior college teams constantly changing rosters, the
Grizzlies will search for a leader and Jackson is the early
candidate. Frankfort freshman Matt Suther is also a possi-
Robinson played with such intensity the last five games
of the season that that might be a good omen for 1998-
1999. Having Gaither back next year helps in the post posi-
tion with Robinson, and look for the Grizzlies to sign a
few tall players to help.
Leavenworth freshman Jason Fullen will be looked
upon to score points. He had the confidence late in the sea-
son to hit three-pointers when the Grizzlies needed them,
especially in the Neosho playoff game where he went
three-f or- three. Jackson and Fullen will be outside threats.
William Gates will be one of those players who will do
Jarrod Eck battles a Blue Dragon player for a loose ball under the basket. Butler
lost the ball and the game, 72-68, in always hostile Hutchinson.
a little bit of everything, just like he did this year. At 6-6,
he can block, has a nice shooting touch, and solid on
defense. Speaking of defense, Tolanda Charles will contin-
ue his dominance on opposing star players.
If the Grizzlies stay healthy, they will once again start
the season as the team to beat. (Sorry, Steve.) Not to play
the frontrunner here, but the Grizzlies bring back talent,
and that gives them the edge. Look for Butler County to be
dominant next year, not dramatic, as Jackson picks up the
Best Actor.. .er, Most Valuable Player. In the year of the
Titanic, it's best not to abandon ship when you're talking
about Butler County basketball.
Rami}/ Smith is the official Voice of the Grizzlies, and he can
be heard broadcasting Butler football and basketball games on
KBTL, 88.1 FM.
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Pitching is the key to a first place finish
rizzly baseball has kept
itself running around like
I crazy this season. The men
' ~ games in 27
7ciore they had a
chance to breathe, playing only eight
games in twf> weeks.
"We have played so many games lately
that it is hard to reflect on how well we
have played/' baseball coach B.D. Parker
says. " We have to get healthy and rested
before we can put our game together. "
The team will now have the chance to
relax a little. The coaches can finally put
their heads together and condense the
continued on page 45
Josh Merrigan scares in
for the sign during the
first game of a double
header with Dodge
City at McDonald
Stadium. Through the
first 48 games, the
Grizzlies Were 31-17,
and in a race for
I didn't expect to
it a grand slam right
of the bat ... I guess
luck was on my side.
Right, short stop Tyler Dreiling
turns a double play despite being
taken off his feet by a Dodge City
Below, a hustling Butler baserun-
ner dives back into first to avoid a
pick off. He was safe on the play.
42 The Grizzly
At press time, Sam Gish, Meade Smith and
Josh Merrigan lead the pitching staff with five,
four and four wins, respectively.
Smith has an ERA of 3.21 and Hank Walton
of 3.27. Gish and Smith have both racked up 28
strikeouts apiece. Gish has allowed four home
runs and Smith three.
Les Graham and Josh Raiburn lead Grizzly
hitters with a .434 batting average. Graham has
hit eight home runs along with Kevin Murphy.
Graham has shown marked improvement after
not starting a game until later than expected in
the season due to shoulder problems
Butler's mid-season game against Brown
Mackie gave the team a lot of chances to mark
improvement. Four players managed home
runs for the Grizzlies.
Tyler Dreiling and Justin McClure hit their
first collegiate home runs. Graham also hit a
home run. Murphy had two home runs against
the Lions, managing four RBIs.
After the 11-2,10-1 wins over Brown Mackie,
the Grizzlies turned around to split with Colby,
Catcher Tony Nelson had not only his first
career home run, but also his second. He man-
aged eight RBIs off of his hits.
Murphy managed two home runs against
A twist of fate had left Butler's leading
offensive hitter from the 1997 season injured
until the April 4 game against Brown Mackie.
John Rawie, who hit 18 home runs last season,
was out in the first of the season with a broken
In Rawie's third game back, he was back in
action. He hit a grand slam for his first home
run of the year.
"It is great to be back," Rawie says. "Sitting
around doing nothing for five weeks gets pret-
ty old. I didn't expect to get a grand slam right
off the bat. I figured I would start by getting
singles, then doubles and work my way back
up. I guess luck was on my side."
Butler baseball is now 31-17 overall heading
into their break.
"There are six teams that could easily win
the conference right now," pitching coach Trent
Nesmith says. "We are young on the hill right
now. If the guys on the mound step up, we'll
have a shot at finishing first. Basically, a team's
bullpen wins them the game. Without a strong
relief pitcher, it is hard to win a game."
Top, Jason Santangelo takes some warm-
up swings in the on-deck circle.
Bottom, Josh Merrigan delivers a pitch to
his Dodge City opponent.
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Lady Grizzly Softball took its greatest strides of the
season against Colby and Cloud County, the two best
teams in the conference, on April 18-19. The Ladies
improved their record to 21-18 overall and 13-12 in the
The ladies have overcome some tough obstacles to
move up in the conference as they have.
It all started with the coaching change over semester
break. Shane Steinkamp, who was Butler's Softball
coach for four and a half years, moved on in his career
by accepting the head fastpitch softball coaching posi-
tion at Fort Hays State University. Brad Horky was
hired to fill Steinkamp's position.
Steinkamp will be the coach to bring Fort Hays soft-
ball back. Fort Hays had a softball program 12 years
ago and has finally decided to reinstate it. Steinkamp
will be overseeing all softball action when the sport
officially opens in the spring of 1999.
"It was my time," Steinkamp says. "I felt it was the
right thing to do. I am looking forward to the opportu-
nity to be successful."
Steinkamp hates that he had to drop the girls in
mid-season, but he says it was the
best thing for his career.
"I think it is a great opportunity
for Shane to go in and start the new
Softball program for Fort Hays," ath-
letic director Rick Dreiling says.
"We'll miss having Coach Steinkamp
The softball players had an idea
that Steinkamp was going for the job,
but didn't know for sure until it hap-
"They are happy for me,"
Steinkamp says. "I expect some of the
players are disappointed after work-
ing with me for six months and then,
just like that, I am gone."
Horky contacted Dreiling and was
selected for the position out of five
Horky had a 100-60 record as soft-
ball coach at the University of
Nebraska at Kearney. In 1987, he car-
ried his team to a national champi-
onship. He was an assistant coach at
KU for two years and coached at
Pittsburg State University for four
years with a 183-83 parting record.
The transition of coaches has "been
hard on the players," Horky says. "I
have come into the job with the same
rules and philosophies I used in all
my other coaching positions."
Horky and the rest of the team
struggled in the first part of the sea-
son, but they are pulling together and
finding what works.
"I have been telling them all year
that we can play with anybody in the
region. Now (after going 3-1 against
Colby and Cloud), they know they
can beat anybody in Region VI," says
Horky. "That's what counts."
Rene Slatier is settling into the
position on the mound and carried
most of the load against Colby and
Two of the ladies' top hitters have
been injured, Paula Keeler
and Aryn McCoy. Stacy
Crump and Laurie Meissner
are "taking up the slack."
Becky Hildebrand, Rachel
Metro, Jamie Combs, Keeler
and McCoy are leading the
Lady Grizzlies offensively.
In the games against
Colby and Cloud,
Hildebrand, Kristin Kelley
and Crump hit out-of-the-
park home runs.
"The big difference is
now we're starting to drive
runs in," Horky says. "There
was a long drought where
we would get people to sec-
ond and third, but we
couldn't get them in."
Tl*e Grizzly 4S
Butler football coach James Shibest gave Melvin Lister an ultimatum.
Shibest told Lister that he had to decide between going to football
camp or heading off to Australia to represent the United States in the
Junior Olympics in track and field. Needless to say, Lister chose track and
field. After all, going to Australia is a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for
him. Lister went on to finish eighth in the Junior Olympics.
"Anybody in my place would have done the same thing," Lister says. "In
my first year here, I began seeing things and I made the decision to stick.
Playing football would have just slowed me down from pursuing my track
and field career."
"I don't think he really had a choice," track coach Fred Torneden says.
Lister's football career began his freshman year of high school in
Leavenworth. "Peer pressure made me play football," says Lister.
Then, track season came around and the coach told Lister that he looked
like a jumper to him. The coach had another athlete show him how it was
"So, I tried it," Lister says. "And, the triple jump became natural to me."
And that it did. Lister was a four-time state champion in high school for
the triple jump. He also became and indoor national champion in the triple
Top photo, Melvin Lister soars through the air for a 24-foot long jump. Bottom photo,
Lister grimaces as he lands one of his long jumps.
jump at the collegiate level. At the national scholastic meet
in North Carolina he won the triple jump.
"As a freshman (in high school), I liked the triple jump
so much because I was the state champion and the wins
Lister was ranked by Track and Field News as one of the
top two recruits in the nation as a senior. It also ranked
him as number one in the long jump. Now, his best event
in college competition is the long jump. As a sophomore
in high school, he was first at state in the long jump.
During Lister's freshman year at Butler, he had some
nagging injuries, says Torneden.
"Before the first indoor meet, he bet some of the guys
in the dorms that he could hit his head on the ceiling,"
Torneden says. Lister injured his rib and did not compete
in the triple jump for the rest of the year.
"Normal human beings wouldn't do those things; only
if you are super-human like Melvin," Torneden says with
As a freshman at Butler, he became the indoor and out-
door national champion in the long jump. Lister was the
indoor long jump national champion as a sophomore. He
now holds the best distance for the long jump in the
nation. Lister's distance could have won at the NCAA
"Coach Neubauer and I realize that Melvin is a once-in-
a-lifetime opportunity to coach," says Torneden.
"Sometimes we joke around about enjoying this one as
long as we can."
Lister received a gold in a California meet in the triple
and long jumps. His longest jumping distances are 53 feet,
three inches in the triple jump, and 26 feet, five inches in
the long jump.
"Melvin is extremely gifted," Torneden says. "He is
about ready for the Olympics. He has improved so much
this year and still has the potential to improve a lot more.
He is unbelievable."
Not only is Lister an accomplished jumper, but he has
been successful in running events. In his junior year of
high school, he was the state champion in the 400-meter
run. During his senior year, he swept the 200- and 400-
meter events in the state meet.
At the 1997 and 1998 indoor nationals, Lister was an
anchor on the distance relay-medley team that finished
first for Butler.
This year, Lister will be competing in the triple and
long jumps and the 200-meter at the outdoor national
meet. He is also a leg on Butler's 4 x 400-meter relay team.
Over the summer, Lister plans to go overseas to the
World Games for the triple and long jumps. Athletes have
not been picked for the Games, but Lister is sure he is a
"I know I am one of the top jumpers in the nation,"
Lister said. "If I keep up with what I have been doing, I
know I will go."
Lister will continue collegiate level competition at
Arkansas, where Butler's toughest competition is.
"Competing against other Arkansas athletes pushes me
more," Lister says. "It makes me want to go out there like
I have a purpose so next year they will know what I am
Arkansas is known for distance and jumping, says
Torneden. Arkansas' coach has recently been selected to
judge the next Olympics.
"Coach Booth's goal is to fill three Olympic spots in the
long jump with three guys from his program," Torneden
says. "And Melvin is one of them."
Besides track and field, Lister is working towards a
degree in Business Management. His focus is track and
field. He is working towards his degree so he can make
enough money to open his own sports-related business.
For now, Melvin's taking life one step, or leap, at a
time. "Sooner or later, I will get there."
Butler's flying phenom is
fast, too, as Lister hands off
the baton to teammate
Daniel Robinson in the 1600-
meter relay at the K.T.
Woodman track meet at
Wichita State. Butler won the
race by five seconds. Easily.
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IN COLLEGIATE JOURNALISM
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Butler County Community College
April 17, 1998
or the second consecutive year, The
Grizzly Magazine was awarded the Kansas
Associated Collegiate Press' highest honor,
the All- Kansas Award. This year, the
magazine staff received 27 individual
Nine- - 1st place.
Seven- - 2nd place.
Six- - 3rd place.
Five- - Honorable Mention.
Including the sweep of two